NE Chamber, New Channel Nebraska To Host Gubernatorial Candidates In A Forum For Business Community

The NE Chamber and News Channel Nebraska are hosting gubernatorial candidates’ forum for community business leaders, broadcast on the television network across the state on Thursday, February  3, at 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Central. 

Six announced candidates plan to participate, including: 

  • Carol Blood 
  • Charles Herbster 
  • Brett Lindstrom 
  • Jim Pillen 
  • Breland Ridenour 
  • Theresa Thibodeau 

“We face a major crossroads coming out of the pandemic, both in business and as a state,” said Bryan  Slone, NE Chamber president. “We need to make some game-changing moves to address workforce,  innovation, community-building and taxes. We appreciate the time our candidates are making to meet  with us and discuss their views.” 

In-person attendance is limited to candidates, a few staff and news media covering the event. News Channel Nebraska will stream the forum live across its statewide network of television stations, as well as online at NE Chamber members and community business leaders across the state are invited to register for free at to add the online event to their personal calendars or simply tune in. 

The forum will include short opening and closing statements from each candidate, with opportunities to respond to a list of questions shared in advance. Tara Lea, executive director of the Fremont Area  Chamber of Commerce and NE Chambers Association executive, will moderate the forum. Although News  Channel Nebraska holds exclusive rights to live streaming and television broadcast, additional media passes are available. Contact Holley Salmi at the NE Chamber to reserve a pass. 

As the largest statewide business association since 1912, the NE Chamber promotes and protects  Nebraska’s free enterprise system by ensuring a competitive business climate, economic growth and greater prosperity for all Nebraskans. In January, the NE Chamber unveiled the “Good Life Game  Changer” policy priorities in partnership with several chambers and economic developers across the state.

The priorities take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunities and federal recovery funds to help Nebraskans, their communities, and their employers compete better globally over the next three decades. Learn more at